‘Turkey blamed for failure of Syria peace talks’

The latest round of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana has failed to make a breakthrough. The Syrian government has blamed Turkey for the lack of progress.

Iran, Russia and Turkey attended the Astana talks, which revolved around setting up four de-escalation zones in war-torn Syria. Russia said there was no agreement over the contentious issues of the boundaries and policing of the safe zones previously agreed. Moscow said documents outlining how the four zones should work need finalizing. Tehran, Moscow and Ankara agreed in May to establish four de-escalation areas in a potential breakthrough toward ending the years-long war in Syria. The trio has said it would hold the next round of talks in Astana at the end of August.

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